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5750 Ser LHD 5/119 4 Jun 04 From: To : Subj: Ref: Encl: Commanding Officer, USS BATAAN (GHD 5) Naval Historical Cente (NOgBH), Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese SE, ashington, DC 20374-5060 2003 COMMAND HISTORY OPNAVINST 5750.12G



(1) USS BATAAN (LHD 5) Command History 2003 (2 Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Timeline ) (3) Official Biographyof the Commanding Officer (4) Official ~iography of the Executive Officers (5) Official Biography of the Command Master Chief


Per reference (a), enclosures (1) through (5) are submitted.




COMMANDER, AMPHIBIOUS GROUP TWO, ~idtle Creek, Virginia COMMANDER: Rear Admiral Reubin B. Bookert

Ship's Mailing Address: USS BATAAN (LHD 5), FPO AE 09554-1657 UIC: 21879 Commanding Officer: Executive Officer: ~aptaqnEarle S. Yerger Captaqn Nora W. Tyson (January 12 to December 12) Commander Troy L. Hart (December 12 - December 31) CMDCM(SW/DV) Scott Kingsley

Command Master Chief: Department Heads


Key Positions Lieutenant Commander Betty Hill Commander David Peacott Captain Michael Zamesnik Commander David Flick Lieutenant Commander Homer Denius Lieutenant Commander Paul Evans Captain Thomas Tandy Commander Jon Dachos Commander David Pry Warrant Officer Phillip Terrazas Commander Kieran Mandato Lieutenant Commander Randy Dossey Lieutenant Junior Grade Douglas Jackson Lieutenant Commander Michael Wallace JOC(SW/AW) Michael Viola Ensign Clifton Williams ATCS Jim Dickinson ITC(SW/AW) Reggie Woodley Ms. Debbie Moore Ms. Sandy Baxter

Administrative Department: AIMD Department: Air Department C51 Department Deck Department Engineering Department Medical Department Operations Officer Supply Department Training Department Chaplain Safety Officer Security Officer Security Manager Public Affairs Officer CMEO DAPA Command Fitness Leader BATAAN's Ombudsmen

Enclosure (1)




In her role as flagship of an Amphibious Ready Group, USS BATAAN (LHD 5) is designed specifically for positioning off the shore of an international trouble spot. When necessary, BATAAN will insert Marine forces and their cargo and equipment ashore with heldcopters and Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft. BATAAN is capabde of an amphibious assault, aerial strike, advance force and special pu/rpose operations as well as non-combatant evacuation and other humanitarian missions. Commissioned September 20, 1997, USS BATAAN is 844 feet from bow to stern and 106 feet across the beam. Two Ateam propulsion plants combine to produce 70,000 shaft horsepower, which can propel the ship to speeds in excess of 25 knots. It is equipped with command, control, communications, computer and intelligence ((251) systems, which provide connectivity to support Warfare Commanders' tactical objectives. houses an extensive medical facility, which includes a 600-bed second in capacity only to the Navy's hospital ships. As the first Navy ship designed and built from the keel up with accommodations for female Sailors, BATAAN provides living space for nearly 450 female officers, chiefs, enlisted personnel and embarked Marines. BATAAN is outfitted to accommodate a combided total of approximately 3,200 Sailors and Marines. BATAAN's assault support system coordinates horizontal and vertical movement of troops, cargo and vehic es. The monorail trains move at speeds up to 600,-feet-per-minute and trans ort cargo and supplies from storage and staging areas throughout the ship tq a 13,600 square-foot well deck. There, troops, vehicles and cargo can be loaded aboard landing craft for transit ashore. The LCAC can "fly" in and out of the well deck, or the well deck can ballast down for conventional craft, such as the Landing Craft Unit. Simultaneously, helicopters and Haraier "jump" jets can be brought from the hangar bay to the flight deck by th$ ship's two deck-edge elevators, and loaded with supplies and weapons frdm three cargo elevators. The ship's armament system includes the NATO Sea Sparrow Surface Missile System for anti-air warfare protection, two Rolling Airframe Missile Systems and two Phalanx Close-in-Weapons System mounts to counter threats from lowflying aircraft and incoming missilqs. Six missile-decoy launchers augment BATAAN's anti-ship missile defenses.~



Command mnploymurt r

12 JAN 03 - 25 JUN 03


13 AUG 03 16 SEP 03



21 AUG 03 20 SEP 03

PVST Staten Island, New York Hurricane Isabel Sortie

24 OCT 03 - 26 OCT 03 17 NOV 03 - 24 NOV 03 08 DEC 03 - 13 DEC 03

JAX Airshow

v - P ~Testing





Significant Exerciees and Operatione

Operation IRAQI FREEDOM - BAT supported COMFIFTHFLEET and Commander Task Force FIVE ONE in the destruct'on of elite Republican Guard Units deep inside Iraq. After being detached o 22 May, BATAAN transited the Red Sea, entered the Mediterranean Sea and rdturned to Norfolk, VA. 25 June 2003.



Operational Conuuand Shifts

On 3 :February 2003, BATAAM chopped from SECOND Fleet to FIFTH Fleet. BATAAN returned to SECOND Fleet on 03 June 2003 and assumed duties and responsibilities as SECOND Fleet Flagship 15 September 2003.

Command Elements onboard BATAqN during Qperation IRAQI FREEDOM:

Tactical Air Control Squadron WENT$-ONE, Detachment TWO Naval Beach Group TWO, Detachment Assault Craft Unit FOUR, Detachment Helicopter Support Squadron SIX, Detachment Mobile Unit TWO Explosive Ordnance Disposal ~etachrndnt, Retention Status: BATAAN had 141 r -enlistments in CY-03 of which 39 provided more than $475,000 in Sele tive Re-enlistment Bonuses.

Zone A B C

CNSL Goale 56% 73% 86%

Laat 12 MontHm 54% loo%/ 1003


Laat Qtr 58% 100% 100%

ESWS Qualifications: E-1 through E-9 EAWS Qualifications: E-1 through E-9 225

Troop Embarkat ion

USS BATAAN (LHD 5) had elementis of TASK FORCE TARAWA embarked from 12 January tbrough 25 June 2003 when tHey disembarked in Onslow Bay, N.C.

Prepared for around the clock aircr 166 Navy and Marine Corps personnel scheduled/unscheduled maintenance s largest operational "Harrier Carrier" LHD, including the first deployment of the MH-60s onboard BATAAN. Completed over 6,400 repair actions, resulting in a Ready-For-Issue rate of 96 percent, a production efficiency rate of 99 percent, supporting a combat missio sortie comlpletion rate of 95 percent during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM nd IRAQI FREEDOM.


Focused on team work and combined C 0 readiness goals for embarked type/model/series aircraft, AIMD held 88 percent Mission Capable (MC) and 82 percent Full Mission Capable (FMC) rates. Team BATAAN surpassed both goals during deployment, achieving a montldly MC/FMC rate of 88/79 percent and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Activity turn-around time (TAT) for the average repair was 22 days less thaq the CNO limit established for new stock allowance determination.



AIMD was directly responsible for cc(ordinating with multiple TYCOMs and 2nd

Instituted and managed the repair a i return program with MALS-14 embarked in rd rd SS WRIGHT. Planned, coordinated, a i tracked the repair cycle ensuring full accountability and expeditious turn repair activity and directly contri Ensured maximum availability of Def Pods and stores management computer Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. AIMD's Aviation Hydraulic Shop completed 2,572 repair actions and 50 hose assemblies in support of Task Force FIVE ONE ships, resulting in a 95 percent ready for issue rate and savings of $153,100 in I Depot Level repair costs.




BATAAN's Air Department continued i s tradition of excellence in 2003 by surpassing numerous aviation relate records for an L-class ship she had set in 2002. The first half of the year was marked by an unexpected wartime deployment in support of Operation RAQI FREEDOM. BATAAN embarked 24 AV-8B aircraft from VMA-223 and VMA-542 p us two additional AV-8Bs from USS BOXER for a total of 26 aircraft, bringin them to America's War on Terrorism as part of Commander Task Force FIVE 0 E.



loyment as the Navy's first "Harrier ent continued operating the best deck in ort duration underway periods. The month of September brought an emergency s rtie for Hurricane Isabel. In October, she supported the Jacksonville Air ahow. In November, the Air Department ensured the V-22 Osprey Program exp rienced one of its most successful shipboard testing periods to date, ignificantly expanding the aircraft's wind-over-the-deck operational enve opes. Finally, in December 2003, BATAAN Air Department supported mixed rota y and fixed-wing Marine aircraft operations in support of TCAT-03.


Not only did the BATAAN Air Department establish new benchmarks for an LClass ship during 2003, but did so . Not one reportable aircraft/equipment mishap or perso el injury occurred in over eight months of extremely high tempo, fast-paced at-sea operations. Air Department's Crash and Salvage Crew responded to several aircraft emergencies, including two CH-53E hung nose gears, six AV- B engine fires, and nine chip indications from various aircraft. All emergen ies were handled with the utmost professionalism and without any fur her aircraft damage or personnel injuries.

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From deployment flight-time records, to the total number of take-offs and landings, fuel transferred/received and an enviable safety record, the Air Department firmly maintained its position as the finest on the waterfront in 2003.

CY-03 Flight Hours


1 1

PLATFORM Rotary Fixed

DAY 769.4 601.6

NIGHT 471.6 1546.8

TOTAL 241.0 148.4

PLATFORM Rotary Fixed

DAY 2,162 965


571 370

UNAIDED 535 182

TOTAL 3,459 1,517

Other rrcord setting evolutionm:

Total aircraft moves: Elevator :Evolutions: JP-5 transferred:

7,051 1,257

This year, C51 Department faced an enormous challenge when the order came for a last-minute deployment. The department had to face many obstacles to ensure a safe and successful deployment. I spite of these hurdles, C51 Department accomplished much.


Throughout the year, Combat ordnance( Division was a major contributor to BATAAN's operational success and mission readiness. A large part of their contribution pertained to the onloa and offload of ammunition. In January, the Aviation Ordnancemen loaded ove 1,500 pallets of ammunition at NWS Earle, New Jersey. Once in theater BATAAN offloaded over 1,000 pallets of ground force ammunition and onloadea over 900 pallets of additional aviation ammunition at Kuwait Naval Base. While transiting the Atlantic, heading west and home, BATAAN conducted a major underway ammunition transfer with USNS MOUNT BAKER (TAE 34). During this transferred to MOUNT BAKER and 375 movements of ammunition were time Ordnancemen pulled it off without



The unexpected deployment forced CR division to put together no less than six different COMPLAN shifts throughout the transit which they did, seemingly effortlessly. The Gunner's Mates continued traini g the ship's force in the use of small arms and crew-served weapons and ensured USS BATAAN was ready with the increased security requirements aft r September 11th terrorist attacks. They held numerous gun shoots, training very possible crewmember for full participation in the ship's defense. This extensive training enabled CG division to man 21 gunnery stations nder the "Alamo" watchbill, through various choke points throughout the transit, which required heightened security.



With the ship requiring an enormous difficulty procuring the financial operating at her highest level. Thr the ship :$309,000 in repair money. Capping C5I's accomplishments last year, the department had 40 personnel and 56 personnel qualified approximately 45 percent of

BATAAN su~~cessfully steamed 11 out f 12 months in 2003. From Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I to preps for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM I1 (December 2003), the Operations Department planned and executed flawless operations. After BATAAN's designation as SECOND Fleet Flagship in September 2003, Operations Department coordinated the transfer of SECOND Fleet Staff from USS MOUNT WHITNEY to USS BATAAN. 1


On 3 January, within 10 days of rec iving word that the ship was to deploy, Combat Cargo began loading cargo an advance party personnel of 2ndMarine Regiment and 2ndMarine Brigade in support of Operation ENDURING Marines in order to expedite the and IRAQI FREEDOM. the morning of 13 three embarked Landing and expeditious onload


The following dates are the major m support of Operations ENDURING and deployment, and CONUS offload.

equipment in offload, re-

12-14 Jan (Onload Norfolk/Onolow) 1900 Personnel 175 Vehicles 74 pallets of LFORM Class I, 111, a d IV 270 tons of Cargo 16 AV-8B Barriers 6 CH-53 Super Sea Stallions 15-18 Fab (Offload Kuwait Naval om (KWB)) 1500 Personnel 175 Vehicles 140 tons of Cargo 6 CH-53's 15-18 Fab (Rmcmivmd via cro88 dmck) 10 Harriers/l50 Personnel/30 tons of Cargo 20 Fmb-5 W y a Executed almost daily movement of p ssengers, mail, and cargo via LCAC between USS BATAAN (LHD-5) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) in order to prevent flight deck from being fouled IOT s~pportcontinuous Harrier flight operations. Moved over 680 passengers, 150,000 lbs of mail, and 450,000 lbs of cargo. 6-18 May (Onload KWB) 1300 Personnel 144 Vehicles 50 tons of Cargo 6 CH-53's 10-12 May (Offload KWB) 16 Harriers/200 Personnel/40 tons of Cargo 22-23 Jun (Offload Onelow, N.C.) 1650 Personnel 144 Vehicles 170 tons of Cargo 10 AV-8B Harriers 6 CH-53's









15-31 October Embarked, conducted amphibious assa Its, and an Onslow offload of JAX SPMAGTF personnel and equipment in support f the Jacksonville, Florida Sea and Sky Spectacular. Embarking over 100 pe sonnel, 7 AAVs, and 2 HMMWVs in support of amphibious capability demonstration.


7-11 December Coordinated planning, tours, and underway demonstration for LHA Replacement (LHA-R) Team. Specifically addressing troop and equipment embarkation and debarkation flow. TARAWA class and LHD WASP class amphibious strengths and LHA-R Team members. Conducted Type Commander Amphibious with lothMarines (MAGTF-10). Embarked over 600 in support of amphibious assault. Jan-Dec 02 Conducted tours for Basic Logistics and Embarkation Specialist Course Marine students, Unified Combatant Command rs, Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare Course, National Defense University, Argentine Naval College, Deputy Chief of the Netherlands Defense Staff, and National War College students focusing on amphibious operations and capabilities of USS BATAAN.



Significant evolutions conducted:

Conducted 41 underway replenishment$. Received more than seven million gallons of DFM. Received more than four million gallons of JP-5. Received more than 600 pallets of stores, mail and supplies via CONREP. Completed more than 370 sill crossings during LCAC operations. Completed 12 wet-well operations with LCUs. Completed more than 20 precision anchorages. Painted and preserved the entire port and starboard side of the ship while inport Norfolk. Conducted over 26 mooring evolutions with great emphasis on training and professionalism. Safely transited the Suez Canal wit?. Master Helmsmen driving the ship. Overhauled and preserved several prcminent departmental spaces during a vigorous PMA, including upper and lower vehicle stowage areas non-skid replaceme.nt,ship's forecastle making it the ship's ceremonial area used for re-enlistments and awards ceremonies major portions of the well deck, the ship's refueling stations, departmental berthing spaces, and the ship's small boats. Achieved 100 percent combat readine deployment orders in support of OPE Received TAD Sailors from various c underway operations and amphibious

The Medical Department Forces, U. S. Atlantic consecutive Green ' " H ship's 4tt'

the Commander, Naval Surface "H" Award. This marks the

and ship's drills.

The Medical Department treated over 2,800 patients during the past year, filling over 3,000 prescriptions an dispensed in excess of 10,000 over the counter medications. During OIF I, the department administered over 6,500 immunizations, including screening d administration of over 5,000 Smallpox and Anthrax vaccinations to ship's clompany and embarked Marine elements. Upon comp:letion of the ship's deployment in support of OIF I, over 3,500 Sailors and Marines had received the DOD mandated Post Deployment Health Screening, which included face-to-f ce interviews with the ship's Senior Medical Officer. Seven medical officers completed PQ Surface Warfare Medical Department earning designation as


While deployed in support of OIF I, BATAAN ordered over 11,000 Fleet Issue Load List (FILL) items and processed 6,800 Logistics Requirements (LOGREP) materials. BATAAN did five major Replenishment-At-Sea (RAS)/VERTREP and took over 1,200 pallets of FFV, sodas, and storeroom items, while offloading over 100 pallets of hazardous material retrograde and trash. Also during the war, Supply maintained BATAAN's aircraft ith an 88 percent Full Mission Capable and 82 percent Full Mission Capable rate, while completing over 6,600 flight hours. BATAAN completed the deploP/ent with 50 percent fewer off-ship e. Throughout the deployment, Food crew by hosting numerous Heritage er King's Birthday, Black History Month, Day, Fat Tuesday, Asian Pacific Heritage ay meals and numerous other events. In s awarded the COMNAVSURFLANT "Blue E" for fourth consecutive year BATAAN won this coveted award. In June, BATAAN returned from deplo ent after 195 days underway with a multiple of successes. Upon return, the HAZMAT division offloaded another 50 pallets of retrograde, clearing muc of the expired or useless material from BATAAN's storerooms in preparation for INSURV. In late simmer, the Wardroom Division hosted the JAX Airshow with 200 Jacksonvi:lleresidents and veterans in attendenee. The Wardroom Division also played host to Commander, Second F1 et when the ship got underway for Hurricane Isabel. BATAAN's Food Ser ice also opened the first Starbucks on an Atlantic Fleet Ship. In August, th Post Office received an "Outstanding" grade for their Postal Inspection f om the Fleet Postal Office.



On November 7th, the Food Service Division took part in BATAAN Appreciation Day. The event brought over 150 survivors from WWII to USS BATAAN for an afternoon and evening of socializin and fine dining. It was a "black tie" affair for over 300 people in the h ngar bay which was transformed into a magnificent ballroom.

In December, BATAAN was notified of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 11. Supply load over 250 pallets of food, over of ship's store material.

short fused deployment for used the holiday standdown to of HAZMAT and over 50 pallets

During the course of 2003, the Suppl Department conducted over 20 Replenishments At Sea (RAS). The Sales Division loaded over 300 pallets of stores, had over $2,300,000in sales and contributed over $300,000 in profits to MWR. The Ship's Laundry process over 200,000 lbs of bulk laundry for the year and pressed over 10,000 pieces of Officer and CPO work uniforms. The enlisted barbershop provided over 3,000 haircuts while the Officer and CPO barbershop provided over 2,000 hairc ts for the year.



intense deployment period. Coordinated an inaugural VTC of the students.


float Safety course, which graduated 37

Conducted Video Teleconference Coll ge courses with Old Dominion University for 16 personnel, thereby allowing hem to obtain their Masters degrees. courses for 368 newly checked in 3-M and QA 301, allowing respective their return. Maintained M1 and M2 mission ratings throughout the deployment to OIF keeping BATAAN at the top of CPG-2's readiness capability. Integrated seven shipboard training teams which, consequently, kept BATAAN one of the most well trained and £1 xed battle ready ships on the East Coast. Direct results were the nomination or the Battle "EN,and the winning of all 5 required excellence awards.


30 30 07 11 12 12 17 29 03 04 16 10 20 01 06 12 21 25 Dec 02 Dec 02 Jan -11 Jan 03 Jan 03 Jan 03 Jan-16 Jan 03 Jan 03 Jan 03 Feb-10 Mar 03 Feb 03 Feb-20 Feb 03 Mar-19 Mar 03 Mar-31 May 03 Jun 03 Jun 03 Jun-21 Jun 03 Jun-24 Jun 03 Jun 03






Crossdecked VMA 223(-) to BATAAN and HMH 464 to KEARSARGE bringing AV-8 complement to 24 Flew 1,400+ combat hours/797 aombat sorties Pumped over 1.5M gallons of JP-5 122 tons of ordnance expended Str.ikeCell supported 797 combat sortie, with 146 targets, analyzing over 820 images in 42 killboxes. AIMD processed 3,592 items/3,394made RF1/94.5% ready for issue /99.7% pro~fiuctioneffectiveness rate. Engineering kept BATAAN steaming for 116 days/over 9,000 NM without a port call. Burned over 7,992,555 gallons of F-76 (DFM). LCACs hauled 681 pax/150,000 lbs of mail, 450,000 lbs of cargo since 15 Feb (vice Vertrep in order to keep flight deck clear for flight ops). 147 days at sea (one of the longest periods for an Amphib). 26 'Harriers on one deck at sea, (Most in Amphib History).

Enclosure (2 )




3460 LHD5 Ser/ From: To : Subj Ref: Commanding Officer, USS BATAAN (LHD 5) Director, Navy Historical Center, 805 Kidder Breese ST SE, Washington Navy Ya dl DC 20374-5060 OPERATION IRAQI




MAY 2 4 2004

(a) OPNAVINST 3460.7A (b) OPNAVINST 5750.13 (c) NAVSEAINST 8370.2 (1) Photograph and Des ription of prospective artifact



1. During deployment to the dorth Arabian Gulf, our Navy and Marine C!orps Team performed a variety of amphibious and sea control missions to search fo and interdict enemy forces. Elements of Task Force 2nd Marines, engaged the enemy in Iraq and encountered a of training and operational sites.

2. A second machine gun, whidh we believe to be a historical artifact., was recovered and i described in enclosure (1). In accordarlce with references through (c), we request your tion of this recovered item. Our assistance with the intention is to:

a. Register the item wit your office, providing you with descriptive data for catalogi b. Permanently place thematic: historical contribution to the in a secure display case as a the crew of the command's

c. Advise NAVSEASYSCOM o the acquisition of the weapon for addition to the Navy's small rms database.




My point of contact is Lie tenant Junior Grade Jennifer Moore, Gunnery Officer. The f llowing contact information is provided : Division C51 ~ e p t / ~ G USS BATAAN (LHD 5) FPO AE 09557-1657 DSN: 564-4203 Email: [email protected]



Description of weapon


Artifact: Total Length: Barrel Length: Bore Diameter:

AK-47 34.5" 16.25" -25"

Encl (1)


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